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May 2, 2016 - Montserrat

May 1 Today we toured Montserrat, a monastery built into this 2400 foot high serrated mountain. It is Catalunya's most traveled pilgrimage site for the past 1,000 years. Pilgrims travel to ask the Black Madonna, not to be confused with the pop singer, for miracles. Seventy Benedictine monks still reside here. However, it has become a massive tourist attraction complete with a cafeteria and gift shop. Ted scaled the mountain along with other intrepid climbers to visit one of the remaining chapels nestled on the mountain top. Each of the...

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May 2, 2016 - Barcelona

4/30 We met up with fellow cruisers Rhoda and Les, who also live in Sun City (we'd met them through cruise critic prior to leaving the US). They'd asked us to join them on a Jewish tour of Barcelona. Our guide Adi, an Israeli, told us Jews first arrived in Barcelona in the 3rd Century (BC). At that time Jews were very involved in trade all around the Mediterranean.  As Barcelona grew bigger the Jewish community grew with it, and contributed to its economic success and development.  By the 13th Century, Jews made up about 15% of the...

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May 1, 2016 - Barcelona

4/29 We arrived early in Barcelona, and were on land by 8:00 am. We had a wonderful time on the cruise, but are ready for the next part of our travels. After dropping off our luggage at our hotel, we strolled down Las Ramblas, Barcelona's main boulevard, all the way to the port by the statue of Columbus. The center lanes are a pedestrian walkway, with open air cafes and flower markets sprinkled all about, and stores surrounding each side. What a difference there was, walking along early in the day compared to later. Tourists and locals...

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Mar 24, 2016 - Meeting up with the rest of the team

Saturday morning we woke up feeling ready for the day after a good night sleep. After getting dressed we went to the breakfast hall in our hotel. For breakfast I had Chocolate milk, bacon, and pancakes. I dipped the pancakes in maple and chocolate syrup. Even though this sounds normal it was actually very different. Some differences were: The pancakes were dry, we had to the chocolate syrup to the chocolate milk, but luckily the bacon was still the same. Emma had some funky things none of us recognized, but she enjoyed them. My mom was in...

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Barcelona Bound

Nov 26, 2015 - We wish Dennis and Bert Bon voyage

we returned to Barcelona for one night on Sunday. Dennis and Bert headed to the airport early Monday morning for a return to key west, and we had an afternoon flight to Nice, so this was our Bon voyage evening. We were back in Barcelona and checked back into our hotel by 5:00 so we had time for a final ramble through the old quarter before a return for a fabulous dinner at Casalolea. We are agreed that this could be the best place to eat in Barcelona. The address is carrer Sant pere mes alt, 49. We continued our final ramble after dinner...

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Lavender's Travels

Nov 18, 2015 - Barcelona with Dennis and Bert

Even though it is out of chronological order, I need to insert a mention of the horrible events in Paris, Beirut and Kenya last week. We see the increase of border control, military and police patrols everywhere and worry that these horrible attacks will be used to justify intolerance and escalation of violent retribution. We will continue to treasure each day. Friday November 6th we were up early headed via TGV train to Barcelona. Prior to our departure for Europe, we made a plan to meet key west friends, Dennis and Bert in their favorite...

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Lavender's Travels

Nov 11, 2015 - St Thomas & Miami.....in five minutes or less...

Every morning Slick and I get up at the crack of noon and walk 3 miles around the deck. 5 1/2 laps makes a mile. Here's the catch. They swab the deck here at 6am. We really go out a 7 am. The deck is still wet. Here is the visual....Slick, whose hearing is a bit of is in the lead because he says he walks too fast. Imagine that! So we are crawling at a snails pace around the slippery deck while the waves are tossing us back and forth across the three foot wide walking path. Slick, who also has a bit of a balance problem AND a continual...

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Nov 8, 2015 - The Boat

Just arrived in St Thomas and found a hot spot for the Internet! This is going to be short and sweet. Here is our itinerary on the boat so far.... Eat, nap, eat, dance, eat, sleep, repeat.... Fabulous weather. No little ones. Lots of dentures and bad karaoke. Many, many days at sea, but we have had terrific entertainment....except for karaoke...enough said. Only here until 5. Found a spot to sit. Hot and loving it! Drop a note from Miami in two days! Oh! Slick is sitting on the beach in a red Speedo. Europeans call a Speedo a "snugglie."...

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Nov 4, 2015 - Day trip to Montserrat (name means serrated mountain)

Today we headed out to Montserrat, a multi peaked mountain north west of Barcelona. To reach it we took the metro,followed by a regional train ride of about an hour, then a cable car up the mountain, followed by a funicular ride further up the mountain. This is the starting point for a series of mountain hikes which are not too strenuous and offer great views of the surrounding countryside. When we got off the cable car ride, which had travelled very quickly and only took 5 minutes, we were above some low lying clouds. The clouds soon...

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Nov 2, 2015 - Pickpockets in Barcelona

On our first day in Barcelona we had been warned that the city is the second in Europe for the number of pickpockets (with Prauge taking first place). Unfortunately Peter got to experience this first hand yesterday afternoon. We were at a metro station about to board a train when a woman pushed close to him which he thought was strange as there was not a big crowd. As we boarded she pushed close again and he felt her hand go into his side pocket where he had a camera. He quickly pushed her away and shouted at her to which she made a half...

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Nov 2, 2015 - Antoni Gaudi's works in Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia basilica is referred to as Antoni Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece. He was working on it at the time of his death, when he was hit by a tram crossing a street in Barcelona, in 1826. It is still under construction and when we visited this morning there were lots of workmen on site and the sound of hammering and power tools reverberating throughout the building. Another of Gaudi's works is Park Guell a Unesco world heritage site on the outskirts of the city.It is a large park set high on a hill with sweeping views of...

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Nov 1, 2015 - Concert de Halloween

Last night we visited the beautiful concert hall Palau De La Musica Orfeo Catala. The building, completed in 1902, is breathtaking with intricately detailed stained glass and sculptures. The concert we saw was Concert de Halloween, a performance by organist Juan de la Rubla of music to accompany the silent film Nosferatu. Nosferatu is a 1922 silent horror film made in Germany, an unauthorised adaption of Dracula. A huge screen was set up to view the movie with the organist taking centre stage in front of it and playing with dramatic effect...

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